Community Involvement

As Rebuilding Together Oakland gets ready for its twentieth anniversary, the spotlight this month is on a volunteer who has been with Rebuilding Together for almost that long: Rudi Schafer. A native of Oakland, he has worked with us for the past twelve years, and started volunteering when we were still Christmas in April. He and his construction company, Schafer Construction, have given countless hours to better the lives of Oakland residents. Rudi embodies the very essence of Rebuilding Together Oakland, helping homeowners feel empowered by performing structural repair to the homes they have lived in for so long. “It’s in my blood to give back,” Rudi says.

Oakland Children’s Fairyland opened in 1950 and Rudi Schafer of Schafer Construction has been volunteering there since almost the beginning. When he is not building or inspecting decks, one of the places Rudi can be found is doing volunteer construction and structural repair work at Oakland Children’s Fairyland. Read about one of his efforts in “Once Upon a Time in Fairyland”.

The cleaned out storage and brand new shelving are by far the most amazing part of the job. Rudi and all of the staff at Schafer Construction were a really caring and hard-working group! We were all really impressed with them. They clearly put their all into this work and the results show it. We have by far gotten the most “WOWs” when we take people to the back storage. It is the grand finale during our new tour of all of the great